City to Close Abreu-Grogan Park to Allow Coal Ash Cleanup - - ABC13

City to Close Abreu-Grogan Park to Allow Coal Ash Cleanup


Danville, VA-- The city of Danville said that it will close one of its parks for the next few months. It's to allow Duke Energy crews and contractors to begin removing coal ash from the Dan River.

On Tuesday Abreu-Grogan Park on Memorial Drive will be closed and isn't expected to open back up again until early July. Duke Energy plans to remove a large deposit of coal ash at that part of the river near the Schoolfield Dam.

Site preparations will take three to four weeks and crews will build a fence for security. After, they'll use vacuum dredging and dewatering equipment in the park and river to remove the coal ash.Duke Energy said the EPA and other agencies have reviewed the removal plan and techniques.

The park's closing will offer some inconvenience to those who plan to use it when the weather warms up.
Abreu-Grogan Park has a boat access ramp and boathouse, which open seasonally to cater to water sport enthusiasts. During the park's closure residents will not be able to rent canoes and kayaks and travel upstream.

The city says Duke Energy did give them compensation yesterday for revenue that will be lost due to closing the park.

Danville Parks and Recreation also uses the park as a river access point when they have their water recreational classes. They said they'll move some of their classes to Camilla William's Park, which is also on Memorial Drive.


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